The United States conducted a successful test of a missile defense system in the Pacific ocean. As stated by NBC News, the Director of the missile defense Agency, U.S. Vice Admiral Jim Fife, a test to intercept an Intercontinental missile is an important milestone, demonstrating the reliability in the reflection of a real threat.
During the test, the interceptor missile, launched from an underground mine on U.S. air force base Vandenberg in California, successfully hit the target, launched from the Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands) at about 7500 miles. It is noted that the exercise was conducted in response to the next launch in the DPRK of a ballistic missile.
Approval of the channel, the interceptor missile of this type is the last line of defense against ballistic missiles. Other elements of the integrated system are patriot missiles and high-altitude THAAD system.
29 may, North Korea fired another missile, allegedly of Scud (NATO designation of the Soviet R-17). In Tokyo stated that, apparently, she fell in the area of the exclusive economic zone of Japan. The day before Pyongyang reported about the successful testing of the updated system of defense.
The situation on the Korean Peninsula is one of the most intense topics of international politics. It was reported that Washington is ready to launch a preemptive strike on North Korean military targets if Pyongyang decides for another nuclear test. In response, the DPRK said that in this case will cause a pre-emptive strike.